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GMWEA initiated Water Quality Day in 2014 to remind Vermont citizens and policymakers of the crucial role water, wastewater, and stormwater management plays in their way of life -- and to honor the boots-on-the-ground professionals who make the miracle happen 24/7/365. 

In 2018, look for this sign -- it signals a facility that's hosting a free open house or tours on Water Quality Day:

It's official! Governor Peter Shumlin proclaimed the first Water Quality Day as an annual day of acknowledgment in 2014; Governor Phil Scott continued the tradition. In 2018, GMWEA is pleased to present Water Quality Day in conjunction with Clean Water Week, July 29 - August 4, observed by the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

To raise public awareness of working water, GMWEA coordinates a number of events and activities on Water Quality Day:

  • Press releases and advisories
  • Letters to legislators and State agency staff
  • Announcements to municipal staff
  • Public tours of water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities throughout Vermont, providing technical assistance to participing facilities with signage, Water Quality Day hats, posters, and local press announcements.
  • A coordinated letters-to-the-editor campaign and announcements to public school prinicpals and teachers throughout Vermont.

Water Quality Day gives credit where credit is due!  In May, 2017, nine facilities statewide hosted public tours. Tours were attended by school children and their teachers, legislators, municipal staff, and the general public.  In 2018, GMWEA is combining forces with the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and will be presenting Water Quality Day at 10 facilities on August 2 and 3, 2018, as part of the Vt. DEC's Clean Water Week activities.  For more information, visit http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/clean-water-week 

Interested in visiting a water, wastewater, or stormwater facility?  Contact Daniel Hecht, GMWEA's executive director, to help locate your nearest facility: dan.hecht@gmwea.org.

When I turn on the tap, where does it come from?  Where does it go when I flush?  Good questions!  


Facility Tour & Open House Schedule

August 2 & 3, 2018

Drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater plants are our most important safeguards for the public health and the natural environment. Yet few people know much about the technology, science, and professional expertise that go into keeping water clean. 

Water Quality Day facility tours are fun and eye-opening, and snacks and souvenirs are offered at all locations!  For 2018, GMWEA is coordinating public access tours in 10 facilities:

Thursday, August 2

  • Burlington Stormwater: Starts at Echo Center! Tours at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Burlington Drinking Water Treatment: 235 Penny Lane. Tours at 9:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
  • Burlington Wastewater Treatement: 53 Lavalley Lane. Tours at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • For more information about any City of Burlington tours: Contact water-resources@burlingtonvt.gov, or call (802) 863-4501.
  • Note: Burlington's water operators invite you to tour all three plants!  Tasty snacks for all.  Call for more information.

Friday, August 3

  • Essex Junction Wastewater Treatment: 39 Cascade AvenueTours at 9:30, 11:00, and 1:00. Contact: Jim Jutras,  jim@essexjunction.org,(802) 878-6943 #101.
  • Hinesburg Water Treatment: 149 Shelburne Falls Rd. 10:00 a.m to 2 p.m..  Contact Erik Bailey, ebailey@hinesburg.org, (802) 482-6097.
  • Middlebury Wastewater Treatment: 243 Industrial Ave. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact: Bob Wells, rwells@townofmiddlebury.org, (802) 388-6514.
  • Montpelier Wastewater Treatment: 949 Dog River Road. Tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Contact: Crhis Cox, ccox@montpelier-vt.org, (802) 223-9511.
  • South Burlington Wastewater Treament: 1015 Airport Parkway. Tours at 8:00  a.m. and 12 noon. Contact: Bob Fischer, bfischer@sburl.com,(802) 658-7964.
  • South Burlington Stormwater Treatment: Farrell Park, Farrell StreetTours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Contact Tom DiPietro, tdipietro@sburl.com, (802) 658-7961.
  • Champlain Water District (South Burlington): 403 Queen City Park Rd. Tours at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Contact Mike Barsotti, mike.barsotti@champlainwater.org, (802) 864-7454.


Water Quality Day